Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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Making triple helpings of chaat Massala as per : #sour cookbook by @MarkDiacono (Mark, you have a lot to answer for ).. ditto nishakatona @Mowglistfood (Nisha, I’ve made your mustard seed/ mustard vegetable side dish…

COMPETITION TIME! Want to win a pair of tickets to #RHSMalvern on Saturday 9 May and a signed copy of @MarkDiacono's new book 'Sour'?

All you have to do is FAVOURITE & RETWEET this tweet and reply with who you'd bring with you. Closes Tuesday 4th Feb. Best of luck! 🌸

*seven trains and a bus replacement today face*

In Country Life mag @MarkDiacono picks his top plums

If you are thinking of growing some of what you eat in 2020, take some advice from someone who’s made all the mistakes so you don’t have to @TeleGardening

Spring time is for foraging greens and eating pizza at the lovely @glampallerfarm in the yarty valley - mail to get dates and details! #foraging

The person opposite on the train with the iphoneearthings that are essentially tinny minispeakers to the rest of the train appears to be listening to Matt Bianco*. This could be a long journey

*shame on me for knowing

thick as mince

Early morning recalibration of mind and body

I’m thrilled to announce my next Culinary Salon @Fortnums is on February 5th and I’m so excited to have @meerasodha @romygill_ and Shamil Thakrar founder of the wonderful @Dishoom to come and talk SPICE. Tickets here :

Train rolling through Maeklong Railway Market, Bangkok. Six times a day the market adjusts itself and encapsulates the train as it passes. Awnings are pulled back, fruit and vegetable baskets shifted just enough not to be sliced by the wheels.

So thrilled to reveal the cover for @MarkDiacono pocket sized paperback book Grow & Cook: The Ultimate Kitchen Garden Guide. Available to pre-order now and publishing in March.

Having a nice time on the phone while someone runs me through all the *other* ways they thought my entirely untricky surname might be pronounced

Totally thrilled to announce that this little smasher ‘Grow & Cook: The Ultimate Kitchen Garden Guide’ is published by @headlinehome in March. It’s the paperback version of The New Kitchen Garden which won the…

Dear @BorisJohnson can we please see the #RussianReport anyone else want to see it?

Freak Zone at 8 has new Scottish jazz rock, Norwegian art pop, Scandi space rock, The Owl Service, Alex Rex, Alphonse Mouzon, the theme from the Tomorrow People and an eerie acid folk curio from Wales as featured album. It's all even better than the Masked Singer

I hate clutter but am surrounded by it. Worse, I create it wherever I go. I’ve written about mess and me for @TheSTStyle today